Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quotes and Action Steps Series (#2).“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”  Henri Cartier-Bresson
Let us explore great quotes of the past and of the present to know how we can apply them to our life.
Note: Some sayings have been repeated a few times over the centuries, and from time to time we find that one quote is attributed to several different authors. 

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”  Henri Cartier-Bresson

What does that mean?

Everyone knows that the first step (in life, craft or art) is the most difficult. Artists know that the initial artistic efforts are usually the worst.
As a rule, it’s true for photography too, though someone’s early photography can be rewarding (thanks God, chance or talent).
When you started to think of yourself as a photographer, you found that your photos that you thought were great are very average at best, and you are feeling rather uninspired in your photography.  It happens to all of us. That’s why your first 10,000 photos are your worst. Over time, you’ll produce better work.
It does not mean that your best art begins on that 10,001st image. Photography is a learning process that never ends.

Where can I apply this in my life?
In Henri Cartier-Bresson’s day, a serious hobbyist probably didn’t shoot more than a few rolls in a week and he needed from 3 to 5 years to shoot 10,000 photos.
At that time 10,000 photos meant a lot. We need to add another 0 to bring it up to date.
One thing is for sure: you’re getting better as a photographer with every photograph you take.

Let’s get started to our first ten thousand, and to every ten thousand after.
Keep on shooting!

Thank you for reading!
Stay tuned!